163. In this category of mediums seem to belong
the persons endowed with natural electricity — veri-
table human torpedoes, producing, by simple contact,
all the effects of attraction and repulsion. It would
be wrong, however, to regard them as mediums, for
true mediumship supposes the direct intervention of
a spirit; but in the case of which we speak, conclusive
experiments have proved that electricity is the only"
agent of these phenomena.
This strange faculty, which might almost be called
an infirmity, may sometimes be allied to mediumship,
as may be seen in the history of the rapping Spirit of
Bergzabern; but often it is completely independent.
So, as we have said, the sole proof of the intervention
of spirits is the intelligent character of the manifesta-
tions ; wherever this character does not exist, there
is the right to attribute them to a purely physical
The question is, to know if electric persons would
possess a greater aptitude for becoming mediums for
physical effects; we think so, but this would be the
result of experience.